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10 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria


Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Frankfurt, Munich-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights First Class accommodations
    • 1 night Mainz
    • 1 night Heidelberg
    • 2 nights Lucerne
    • 1 night Innsbruck
    • 1 night Salzburg
    • 2 nights Munich
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Rhine River Cruise
  • Rhine Falls
  • Lucerne Lion Monument
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Golden Roof, Innsbruck
  • Salzburg City Tour
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Frankfurt, Germany. Your international flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Frankfurt
Arrive in Frankfurt and transfer to your hotel in nearby Mainz on the storied Rhine River. The remainder of the day is on your own to rest and relax. In the evening, a briefing by your tour manager introduces you to the delightful program that lies ahead, followed by a welcome drink and dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Mainz
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Rhine River Cruise & Heidelberg City Tour
This morning begins with a cruise on the scenic Rhine. See stunning vistas of hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses along the course of the river. Pass the mighty Lorelei rock rising vertically from the waters named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. In Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, view the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle originally built in the 12th century. This hilltop Gothic masterpiece has encountered turbulent times but still stands as a dominant symbol of the city. Rest of the day at leisure in Heidelberg to discover the enchanting alleys and lanes in the Old Town with its small gardens, museums and lovely galleries
Overnight: Heidelberg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Black Forest
Head south on a scenic drive through the Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its dense forests of thick pine trees. Nestled in the forest, you will see some of the charming traditional homes with their long sloping roofs. Continue on a drive to Schaffhausen, surrounded by vineyards. Here, you will see the thunderous Rhine Waterfall; one of Europe's largest and most powerful. Then, on to beautiful Lucerne, with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama. We spend two relaxing nights here in the center of the Swiss Alps
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Lucerne
A full day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin the day at the inspiring Lion Monument, one of the best-known monuments in the country, created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guard killed in 1792. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Later, time to shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks or sip coffee at an outdoor cafe. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to your hotel
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Innsbruck City Tour
The first stop today is in the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein and its capital Vaduz, a proud remnant of feudal Europe, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. Next, we cross into Austria and journey to Innsbruck, the Tyrolean "capital" of the Austrian Alps. Steeped in centuries of colorful history, Innsbruck features fine examples of Imperial splendor. Journey back in time with an array of splendid architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical period. Stop at the Golden Roof, overlooking a bustling square in the heart of historic Innsbruck and the Wilten Basilica, one of the most splendid churches in Tyrol with its stunning rococo decorations. Innsbruck has also hosted two Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976); see the famous ski jump used in the last winter Olympics. Tonight, after dinner at the hotel, experience an authentic Tyrolean evening on the optional tour featuring a varied entertainment program including folk music, Tyrolean dances and yodeling
Optional: Tyrolean Evening with drinks
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Neuschwanstein Castle
Drive through glorious Alpine scenery to visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below. This is one of the most visited castles in Germany and a symbol of idealized romantic architecture. Among the castle's finest rooms are two magnificent halls with extravagant decorations dazzling in gold and blue. Another well-known feature of Neuschwanstein is the grotto, whose little waterfalls and colored lighting create the impression of a mysterious cave. Afterward, we head towards picturesque Salzburg for overnight
Overnight: Salzburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Salzburg City Tour
Discover Salzburg today. This baroque jewel was the birthplace of Mozart. The guided walking tour takes us to view the house where Mozart was born, as well as to the squares and gardens of this beautiful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. The city is also known for the singing Trapp family and the setting for the film, The Sound of Music. Afternoon at leisure, or, participate in the optional excursion into the surrounding countryside to the ruins of Obersalzburg, once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers. Then, transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb and ascend to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest." In the late afternoon, we travel together to the bustling city of Munich for overnight
Optional: Berchtesgaden & Eagle's Nest Tour (PM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Munich City Tour
This morning drive past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Continue for a photo stop at the breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace, once summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria, decorated with a gorgeous baroque fa├žade. Driving through the city, we see countless museums, galleries, palaces and historic monuments. Arrive at Marienplatz square, cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, which dates back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day. Afterward, join the optional tour to Linderhof and Oberammergau. Two of the highlights of southern Bavaria are visited during this excursion to the high Alps. First, admire the artistically decorated Linderhof Castle on the guided tour and then proceed to Oberammergau, world-famous for the Passion Play. Tonight, toast your final night in Munich with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour (PM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Tyrolean Evening with drinks

    Day #6 01 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $55
    Enjoy a varied entertainment program including authentic folk music, Tyrolean dances and "shoe-slapping" as well as typical Tyrolean songs and "yodeling." Pick-up details to be advised locally.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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      Additional Information:
      Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


      Accommodation Details:
      May 16 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Waldstaetterhof in Lucerne, the Hilton Hotel in Innsbruck and the Holiday Inn in Salzburg.

      May 23 and Jul 18 departures will be accommodated at the NH Heidelberg in Heidelberg, the Hilton Hotel in Innsbruck and the Wyndham Grand Salzburg in Salzburg.

      Jun 6 departure will be accommodated at the Hilton Hotel in Innsbruck and the Mercure Salzburg Central in Salzburg.

      Jun 13 Departure will be accommodated at the Hilton Hotel in Innsbruck, the Holiday Inn in Salzburg and Four Points by Sheraton Munich Central in Munich.

      Jul 4 departure will be accommodated at the Palace Luzern in Lucerne.

      Jul 18 departure will be accommodated at the Hilton City in Mainz.

      Sep 12 departure will be accommodated at the NH Heidelberg in Heidelberg, the Palace Luzern in Lucerne, the Hilton Hotel in Innsbruck and the Mercure Salzburg Central in Salzburg.

      Oct 3 departure: Some passengers will be accommodated at the Leonardo Hotel in Heidelberg, Hotel Waldstaetterhof in Lucerne, Hotel Europa in Salzburg and The Hilton Hotel in Munich.

      Oct 17 departure will be accommodated at Hotel Waldstaetterhof in Lucerne and the Hilton Hotel in Innsbruck.

      Oct 31 departure will be accommodated at the Hilton Hotel in Innsbruck and the Holiday Inn in Salzburg.


      Entry Requirements:
      Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.


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